Feb 14, 2013 8:48 PM by Tony Spehar -

Locals with sweethearts serving overseas get Valentine's Day surprises

Some locals with sweethearts serving in Afghanistan got a special surprise for Valentine's Day.

The holiday is always busy for the Pikes Peak Four, a local barbershop quartet. For a small price the singers surprise loved ones with serenades at their home or work. This Valentine's Day one of their first stops was the home of Elisha Henderson, whose husband Jeremy is serving in the Army and is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Jeremy had only hinted that his wife should expect a group of four singers bearing candy and roses.

"I wasn't expecting all of this," said a tearful Elisha Henderson.

Elisha and Jeremy have only been married for about a year, but he's been deployed for 10-months. She was happy he found a way to send a message of love from the front.

"I love you, I miss you and I can't wait for you to get home," Elisha said when asked what she would say to Jeremy.

The quartet is usually completely booked on Valentines Day, they go all over the city on their adventure to surprise unsuspecting people. With three of the four members being veterans themselves, they say singing to military families is one of the best parts of the holidays.

"It's kind of special when you can sing for a military spouse, a military wife knowing that their husband's are deployed," explained singer Jim Lucey, a marine. "It kind of fires us up a little to say thank-you to them for their service."

The Valentine's Day seranade was a complete surprise for Jamie Calhoun, a third-grade teacher at Meridian Ranch Elementary. The Pikes Peak Four sang to her in front of her entire class at the request of her husband Craig, a civilian contractor in Afghanistan.

"He did this from Afghanistan, that's mind blowing in itself," Calhoun described.

She found the experience a little embarrassing, but still enjoyed the reminder that her husband is thinking of her.

"Craig, I love you, you're still in so much trouble, I can not even believe what you were able to pull off," she said, laughing. "I miss you."


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